Honda Planning Expansion of NSX Model Range

Apparently not satisfied with having one halo car in its portfolio, Acura says it will expand the NSX sports car range with as many as three more variants, according to a report published today by the UK's Autocar magazine.

In that article, NSX project lead Ted Klaus says the company is "contemplating" convertible, lightweight non-hybrid and all-electric versions of the $189,900 performance car, and one of those -- most likely the lightweight one -- will wear the brand's hallowed Type R badge.

It's all part of Honda/Acura's plan to get the most out of the investment and engineering work it put into the latest NSX, a car developed to help revive Honda's former reputation as a respected performance car maker.

Acura campaigned two standard NSXs at the 2016 Pikes Peak International Hill Climb race, held last month in Colorado, along with an experimental four-motor all-electric version; the electric finished second overall, while the production models finished 20th and 74th. Klaus said Acura entered the all-electric version to "investigate torque vectoring and test battery durability and power electronics, and we think the car's performance suggests Acura's on the right track in considering that variant for a future in the company's showrooms.

Klaus said the NSX was purposely over-engineered to accommodate "harder, faster versions" of the NSX, and that a lightweight, performance-focused model wearing the Type R badge would likely use a gasoline-only powertrain.

The standard NSX is a hybrid that matches a 3.5L turbocharged V6 with three electric motors for a total of 573 hp; it is being built at Honda's Performance Manufacturing Centre in Ohio, USA.

Lineup could eventually include all-electric, convertible and Type R variants